Recreational lifters often use external support/equipment for multiple purposes. Some use it for injuries, some use it for performance benefits, and others use it because they were taught they need to wear them at all times.
This article will go over how and when to use the equipment to maximize your health and performance.
When you walk into a gym, you can get a pretty good idea of who is dealing with an injury/pain based on the equipment they are wearing.
Are you wearing knee sleeves with light activity? Hmm..
Are you wearing wrist wraps for every upper body exercise? Hmm..
Are you wearing a belt with squats and deadlifts under 85%? Hmm..
The same goes for ankle braces, elbow support, etc.
Let's set this straight... We should NOT be relying on this equipment to exercise!! Our body is meant to be strong and stable without the use of external support! PERIOD.
With all that being said, wearing external support can provide healthy...